This month’s podcast features Tom Rudmik, who is the CEO and Founder of Master’s Academy and College, an award-winning R&D Christian school located in Calgary, Canada. I interview Tom about Master’s Future Ready Model of Education and the innovative methods that Master’s uses to prepare students to “learn from the future.” Tom also shares insights for Christian school leaders as they work to inspire their staff and teachers toward transformation.


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About the Host   


Dr. Lynn Swaner is the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at ACSI, where she leads initiatives and develops strategies to address compelling questions and challenges facing Christian education. Prior to joining ACSI she served as a Christian school administrator and a graduate professor of education. Dr. Swaner serves as a Cardus Senior Fellow and is the lead editor of the books MindShift: Catalyzing Change in Christian Education and PIVOT: New Directions for Christian Education, co-author of Bring It to Life: Christian Education and the Transformative Power of Service-Learning, and editor of the ACSI blog. She received her EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. She can be reached via email at


About the Guest

Tom Rudmik ACSI ContributorTom Rudmik is the CEO and Founder of Master’s Academy and College (1997), a K-12 awarding-winning R&D Christian school located in Calgary, Canada. Master’s has gained international recognition for the development of its Future Ready Model of Education and becoming one of the top performing K-12 schools in North America.  Students at Master’s have consistently outperformed provincial (state) standardized test scores and Master’s has consistently been ranked # 1 school in Alberta for academic excellence by the Fraser Institute, an independent think tank in Canada. Tom’s vision has led to the establishment of an international network called Imaginal Education, which currently is functioning in 8 countries. The author of the book Becoming Imaginal: Seeing and Creating the Future of Education, Tom is a graduate of the University of Toronto with B.Sc. and B.Ed. degrees, with more than 40 years experience as a teacher, principal, pastor, entrepreneur, and visionary leader. In May 2017, Tom was granted an honorary doctorate by Canada Christian College for his 40 years of advancing education in Canada and globally. He can be reached via email at

Questions to Consider:

Does your mission statement, expected student outcomes, or portrait of a graduate include the goal that your students will be future-ready?


If so, how can your school use the imaginal learning approach to help students envision and help to shape the future, by using their God-given abilities to imagine and invent?



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One Comment

Paul Kienel

I am interested in the new concepts presented by the pastor/teacher. It indeed stimulates our thinking. However, to prepare for the future requires the practical gifts offered by basic education. We still need to read and write and function in the world we live in. What in the curriculum of traditional Christian education would need to be changed in order to accommodate this new form of education? How have the Christian schools accepted these new ideas thus far?


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